ONS: 11 August 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 12, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Libya, rival factions were set to resume peace talks after a partial deal was reached last month.
  • AMERICAS: Guyana’s foreign minister confirmed that UNSG Ban Ki-moon is trying to arrange a meeting between Guyanese President Granger and Venezuelan President Maduro on the margins of next month’s General Assembly to discuss the two countries’ boundary dispute.
  • ASIA: Afghan President Ghani criticized Pakistan for failing to stop Taliban militants from plotting terror strikes in Afghanistan.
  • EUROPE: The Greek government said it had reached a deal on a multi-billion bailout with its international creditors, with plans to submit it to parliament later in the day.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Iraqi parliament unanimously approved PM Haider al-Abadi’s reform program aimed at curbing corruption and reducing government waste that has sparked widespread anger and weeks of protests.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Google unveiled a corporate overhaul, forming a new parent company dubbed Alphabet to include Internet search and a handful of independent companies.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Clashes continue between militants and government forces amid regional meetings on instability.
    • Monitoring groups reported that at least 25 rebels were killed overnight in an attack by ISIS militants on the insurgent stronghold of Marea in Aleppo province.
    • State news reported that the army foiled a wide-scale attack on the southern city of Daraa, killing over 100 rebels.
    • Russian FM Lavrov and Saudi FM Adel Al-Jubeir are to hold talks on the Syrian crisis.
    • Iranian FM Zarif postponed a scheduled visit to Turkey for talks on Syria.
    • The head of the World Food Program said that funding prospects are “bleak” and Syrian refugees likely face more cuts in food aid.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, AP-2, Xinhua

AFRICA

  • Burundi: The UNSC called on the government to immediately reopen talks with the opposition amid ongoing instability. (AFP)
  • Libya: Rival factions were set to resume peace talks after a partial deal was reached last month. (AFP)
  • Republic of Congo: President Denis Sassou Nguesso announced a major cabinet reshuffle that excludes two minsters who opposed a change to the constitution that would allow him to run for a third term. (AFP)
  • Rwanda: Lawmakers reported that they found only 10 people in nationwide consultations who opposed possible constitutional changes to allow Paul Kagame a third term in power. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Guyana’s foreign minister confirmed that UNSG Ban Ki-moon is trying to arrange a meeting between Guyanese President Granger and Venezuelan President Maduro on the margins of next month’s General Assembly to discuss the two countries’ boundary dispute. (EFE)
  • Region: A Mexican court upheld a ruling suspending the arrest warrant to extradite escaped drug trafficker Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman to the US. (AFP)
  • Region: US officials said the US Coast Guard has seized more cocaine off Latin America’s Pacific coast over the past 10 months than in the previous three years combined. (AP)
  • Ecuador: Hundreds of the country’s indigenous people are marching from an Amazon province towards the capital in protest against President Correa, joining mounting anti-government dissent. (AFP)
  • United States: US police made numerous arrests during a night-time standoff in Ferguson, after St. Louis County declared a state of emergency. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Region: Afghan President Ghani criticized Pakistan for failing to stop Taliban militants from plotting terror strikes in Afghanistan. (WSJ)
  • China: State media reported that the military is staging live-firing exercises in the country’s west as part of a series of drills involving more than 140,000 troops. (AP)
  • Japan: Officials reported the end of a two-year shutdown of nuclear power in the country that was sparked by public fears following the 2011 Fukushima crisis. (AFP)
  • Korean Peninsula: South Korea ramped up border security as military tensions increased following landmine blasts blamed on North Korea. (AFP)
  • Nepal: PM Sushil Koirala and other political leaders appealed for calm as anger flared over the police killing of two demonstrators during a protest against a new constitution. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Greece: The government said it had reached a deal on a multi-billion euro bailout with its international creditors, with plans to submit it to parliament later in the day. (AFP)
  • Greece: Fights broke out among migrants on the island of Kos, where authorities are working to contain increasing numbers of people arriving clandestinely. (AP)
  • Turkey: Officials said that the military carried out a new wave of air strikes against targets of the PKK in the southeast of the country. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Parliament unanimously approved PM Haider al-Abadi’s reform program aimed at curbing corruption and reducing government waste that has sparked widespread anger and weeks of protests. (AFP)
  • Iraq: ISIS claimed responsibility for two suicide car bomb attacks in the eastern province of Diyala. (Xinhua)
  • Yemen: Saudi-backed forces loyal to the exiled government seized a town south of the rebel-held capital. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Google unveiled a corporate overhaul, forming a new parent company dubbed Alphabet to include Internet search and a handful of independent companies. (AFP)
  • Cybersecurity: US authorities are preparing to unseal sweeping charges against a group of traders and computer hackers who allegedly schemed to get early access to press releases about mergers and acquisitions. (WSJ)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 15W (Molave)
    • Location: 276 NM SE of Yokosuka, Japan
    • Movement: NE at 13 mph
    • Winds: 52 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Hurricane 10E (Hilda)
    • Location: 331 NM ESE of Hilo
    • Movement: NW at 6 mph
    • Winds: 92 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 27,550 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
      • Deaths: 11,235 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK) – Americas
      • Suspected Cases as of 11AUG: 475,602 (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten, Spain, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States, US Virgin Islands, and Venezuela.)
      • Confirmed Cases: 15,515
      • Deaths as of 11AUG: 81 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 06AUG: 1384 (Saudi Arabia (KSA), Jordan, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the United Kingdom (UK), France, Tunisia, Italy, Oman, Kuwait, Yemen, Malaysia, Greece, Egypt, Lebanon, the Netherlands, Iran, Algeria, Austria, Turkey, The Philippines, Germany, China, South Korea, and the US)
      • Deaths as of 06AUG: 495 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (12AUG)

  • Global: International Youth Day
  • Britain: HM The Queen’s Birthday
  • North America Region: Anniversary of United States, Canada and Mexico reaching a free-trade agreement – 1992
  • Russia: Anniversary of detonation of Soviet Union’s first hydrogen bomb – 1953
  • Suriname: Former military dictator Desi Bouterse to be sworn in as president

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